Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Matthew Murray was appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce by the Obama administration in March 2012. In this capacity, he leads the Department of Commerce’s efforts to help solve trade policy and market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to expand their business operations in Europe and Eurasia. Additionally, he is responsible for developing and recommending policies and programs concerning U.S. economic and commercial relations with 52 countries in Europe and Eurasia.
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Matthew Murray had a distinguished career in public service, law, business and the non-profit sector. Mr. Murray was most recently President of Sovereign Ventures, Inc., a risk management firm that he founded in 1991 to advise multinational corporations and multilateral institutions on how to reduce governance and corruption risk in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Murray led an interdisciplinary team that provided risk-mapping, guidance on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forensic investigation, and government relations services. In this position, Mr. Murray helped mediate several major commercial disputes between foreign investors and local government agencies in the region.
Mr. Murray has extensive experience as a business executive, having served as Corruption Risk Manager at TNK-BP Management Ltd., the third largest Russian producer of oil and gas between 2007 and 2009. Mr. Murray reported directly to the CEO and Board of Directors on policy initiatives to reduce potential risk in licensing, sales, and gas station and pipeline construction.
In 2000, Mr. Murray co-founded the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, a non-profit dedicated to building rule-based markets in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. As chair, Mr. Murray helped design and manage innovative projects to promote the rule of law and to reduce corruption in the region. The Federal Financial Market Service, the Russian agency responsible for regulating capital markets, selected Mr. Murray to help write the Corporate Governance Code as well as a federal law prohibiting insider trading and market manipulation.
From 2009-2012, Matthew Murray co-chaired the “U.S.-Russia Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Institutional Integrity”, an organization of U.S. and Russian civil society leaders formed to share best practices. The Working Group convened regularly under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission to spur both nations to address the transnational threat of corruption.Throughout his career, Matthew Murray has worked at the intersection of law, international economics and national security. As an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy (1982-84), research fellow at the Library of Congress (1981), and research analyst for Dr. Leslie Gelb at the Carnegie Endowment (1979-1981), Mr. Murray helped develop U.S. defense and arms control policy and U.S. relations with Europe, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union. Since graduating from Columbia University with a J.D. and a Masters in International Affairs in 1988, he has led projects in emerging markets to institute the rule of law, civil society and good governance.
02/4/13 Remarks at First Preparatory Meeting for 21st OSCE Economic and Enviornmental Forum
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